It's finally here: Episode 9 of Game of Thrones, "The Rains of Castamere," featuring the highly anticipated Red Wedding! I'll give you a moment to geek out. Fans knew what was coming after reading A Storm of Swords or checking out spoilers on the Internet -- and everyone was wondering how the show was going to pull off such a big, violent, insane, climactic moment.
The Red Wedding, featuring Robb Stark's uncle Edmure Tully marrying a Frey daughter, may trump all the big moments we've already seen from these amazing characters. What a season it's been! Such a heart-pounding final 10 minutes, I can't even put it into words.
If you haven't yet seen "The Rains of Castamere," please don't ruin it for yourself by reading on. SPOILERS AHEAD. Seriously, watch first, then check back later!
Even though some of us knew it was coming, a collective "holy f***" was most likely heard by all Game of Thrones fans during that amazing Red Wedding finale. At the beginning of the episode, after Catelyn Stark demands of her son Robb, "Show them how it feels to lose what they love," she is thinking of her dead husband Eddard, but little does she know what's in store for her family.
Before the wedding, Walder Frey offers the Starks his hospitality while Robb begs for Frey's forgiveness after breaking an alliance and marrying another. "One of them was supposed to be queen; now none of them are," Frey quips. He has so many daughters and granddaughters he can barely keep them straight in an oddly disturbing yet hilarious introduction. What a sicko. He also grossly inspects Talisa, Robb's preggo wife.
Edmure is actually quite happy with how pretty his new wife Roslin is. After they are married, Walder announces that it's time for the bedding, when the guys carry up the bride and the women accompany the groom, stripping them, to the room where they get it on.
Catelyn watches skeptically as a door closes. The Hound and Arya (whose relationship is full of tension yet somewhat endearing) approach the gate but are turned away. "The Rains of Castamere" begins to play. And I'm about to pass out.
And it starts when Frey announces he has a "gift" for his new queen. Suddenly, Talisa's viciously stabbed in the stomach, Robb Stark is riddled with arrows, and Catelyn is hit with one as well. Robb's men outside, sufficiently drunk, are all killed as Arya watches on. She approaches Grey Wind, Robb's direwolf, but sees soldiers kill him as well -- the direwolf's eyes slowly close in such a sad, forlorn moment.
After the initial violence when almost everyone on the Stark side is dead, Catelyn stands and begs for Robb's life, pleading that he get up and walk out, while he is kneeling and mourning over Talisa and his unborn child. Roose Bolton comes up to Robb, says, "The Lannisters send their regards," and stabs him in the chest. Catelyn cuts Walder's wife's throat in anguish, then a soldier comes up from behind her and casually does the same to her.
No more Talisa, baby Robb, Robb, Grey Wind, and Catelyn -- all in one scene.
If you're wondering who Roose Bolton is, he married a Frey granddaughter. A few episodes ago, he was reassured by Jaime Lannister that he would not be held responsible for cutting off Jaime's hand, after first making a deal with the guy who actually did. Bolton thought Robb was fighting a lost cause, so he decided to plot with Tywin and Frey to take him down.
The silence at the end credits was enough to make the entire Internet explode. Holy crap. My mind is blown. How do I continue on with this.
I guess I have to inform you that some other things happened besides the Red Wedding:
The Wildings and Jon Snow spy on an old man who breeds horses for the Night's Watch. Jon gives the old man a head's up and stops Ygritte from shooting him with an arrow. But Orell suggests Jon kill the old man when they catch up to him. Jon hesitates while Ygritte kills him instead.
Tormund Giantsbane orders the Wildings to kill Jon, but Jon fights back and is able to take out Orell. Orell's eagle bites and claws the crap out of Jon's face, but he is able to get on a horse and escape while an extremely pissed off Ygritte looks on.
Direwolves Summer and Shaggydog watch the whole thing go down. Bran is able to see Jon through Summer's eyes. Beforehand, Hodor freaks out Hodoring over lightning the while Wildings ride outside and hear them. Warging Bran's able to take over Hodor's body to shut him up, much to the surprise of his tiny group. Warging Bran! Finally!
Rickon sobs when Bran breaks the group up to protect him and because Osha refuses to go over the Wall. Bye Osha, Shaggydog, and Rickon -- and after an episode when Rickon finally has more than one line. After everything that's happened, people ought to stop complaining that there are too many characters on this show ...
Anyway, Jorah Mormont is clearly suspicious and jealous of hot Daario and his dimples, Daenerys's new ally. Still, Daario, Grey Worm, and Jorah make a pretty good team in combat and are able to open the gates to take the city. Daario and Daenerys are so going to get it on.
But still, all of that pales in comparison to losing so many beloved characters all in one scene. I can't believe what I just saw. Someone please hold me. What an amazing, heart-wrenching episode.
What did you think of "The Rains of Castamere" and the Red Wedding?
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